prop·​a·​gule ˈprä-pə-ˌgyül How to pronounce propagule (audio)
: a structure (such as a cutting, a seed, or a spore) that propagates a plant

Examples of propagule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Locals started growing propagules, or mangrove seedlings, in a nursery for replanting in the delta and fenced these areas off from livestock. James Hall, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023

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Word History


New Latin propagulum, from Latin propages slip

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propagule was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Propagule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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